Soldier portable controls
Leveraging our expertise in both Human Factors Engineering and traditional hand controls, MSI's most recent development projects focus on the dismounted soldier. The warfighter today has to be ready to take immediate and appropriate action at the tactical edge and he or she requires the control systems to interface effectively with the brigade as well as individual mission assets whether those are manned or unmanned vehicles, weapon systems, ISR or SA systems including UAVs and unattended sensors as well as networked communications.
Recognizing the need for lightweight, soldier portable controls that concentrate functionality and asset accessibility into the warfighter's hands, MSI introduced the first fully ruggedized game-style controller in 2004. By leveraging a familiar form factor for today's soldiers, MSI was able to militarize a control system that reduced training time and has become an ideal controller for the teleoperation of everything from UAVs and UGVs to payloads on border security systems.
The Freedom of Movement Control Unit, FMCU
The FMCU, Freedom of Movement Control Unit, has become the preferred hand-held control system for the Army and Marines with deployment on platforms including Fire Scout, Gladiator and GBOSS. With its modular LCD, the FMCU provides the versatility many platforms demand and offers a solution to the problems and complaints associated with heads up displays. This lightweight controller is fully customizable and programmable providing the greatest concentration of HMI that MSI currently offers. Never before has so much control been packed into such a tight package. For more information on the FMCU, please download the brochure to your right or contact us.
The Tactical Edge Controller
With the popularity of tablets for military use, it was a natural fit for MSI to take that form factor with the touch screen functionality it provides then integrate it with HMI to provide a true portable command and control unit. The Tactical Edge Controller offers portable battle command that is platform agnostic supporting full networked operations by integrating communications, ISR and control of mission assets including UAVs, UGVs, unattended sensors and teleoperation of vehicle and weapon systems. All of this is accomplished through secure, networked communications links. For more information on the Tactical Edge Controller, please download the Soldier Portable Control Solutions brochure to your right or contact us.
The Compact Soldier Control Unit
A significant factor, especially for soldier portable controls, is the reduction of size, weight and Power, or SWaP. Couple that with the need for brigade connectivity with a ruggedized, networked, user-friendly interface and the result is a compact Soldier Control Unit. Originally designed for Nett Warrior, this Soldier Control Unit represents MSI's capabilities with regard to implementing SWaP and responding to the needs of the warfighter to provide brigade level connectivity with secure communications, and, in this case, text capability through the integrated and sealed QWERTY keypad. MSI achieved a 30% reduction in size and weight and enhanced usability through the integration of our 5100 micro displacement joystick through this development project. This capability is available for implementation for any Soldier System program. For more information, please download the Soldier Portable Control Solutions brochure to your right or contact us.